List of ECW World Television Champions

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The longest reigning ECW World Television Champion was Rob Van Dam

The ECW World Television Championship was a professional wrestling television championship contested for in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It was the secondary title of ECW and currently remains inactive.

Originally, ECW was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), an organization with many member promotions. ECW withdrew as an NWA member in 1994.[1] The championship remained active until April 2001, when ECW filed for bankruptcy. All of ECW's assets were later purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in mid-2003, including the copyrights to ECW's championships.[2] In May 2006, WWE extended its promotion by adding ECW as a third additional brand, the others being Raw and SmackDown, in a brand extension.[3] The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was the only former ECW title to be recommissioned by WWE for the new brand.[4] While this championship remains decommissioned, its records are under the name "ECW Television Championship" on the official WWE website.[5]

Title reigns were determined by professional wrestling matches, often contested under hardcore wrestling regulations, with wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a match or series of matches for the championship.[6]

As implied by its name, the championship could only be won on television or on pay-per-view events. The title was won in one Canadian municipality and in five American states. The inaugural champion was Johnny Hotbody, who defeated Larry Winters at a live event to win the title in August 1992. Rhino, who won the title in September 2000, was the final wrestler to hold the title before ECW filed for bankruptcy. 2 Cold Scorpio had the most reigns as champion, with four. At 700 days, Rob Van Dam's reign from 1998 to 2000 was the longest in the title's history. The Tazmaniac and 2 Cold Scorpio's reigns in 1994 were the shortest title reigns at less than one day. Overall, there were 31 title reigns.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA-ECW Television Championship August 12, 1992 – August 27, 1994
ECW World Television Championship August 27, 1994 – April 11, 2001

Key[edit]

Reigns The number of times a specific set of wrestlers have won the titles
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign

Reigns[edit]

No. Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Successful defenses Event Notes
1
Hotbody, JohnnyJohnny Hotbody
1
August 12, 1992 31 Philadelphia, PA Live event
Vacated
September 12, 1992 0 N/A N/A N/A Hotbody legitimately injured his ankle, and as a result, ECW forced him to relinquish the title.
2
Osbourne, GlenGlen Osbourne[1]
1
September 30, 1992 147 Philadelphia, PA Live event
Vacated[2]
February 1993 0 N/A N/A N/A ECW forced Osbourne to vacate the title for unknown reasons.
3
Snuka, JimmyJimmy Snuka
1
March 12, 1993 203 Radnor, PA Hardcore TV #3 Defeated Glenn Osbourne in a tournament final.Aired April 19, 1993 on TV
4
Funk, TerryTerry Funk
1
October 1, 1993 43 Philadelphia, PA NWA Bloodfest: Part 1 Aired October 5, 1993 on Hardcore TV #26
5
, SabuSabu
1
November 13, 1993 113 Philadelphia, PA November to Remember Pinned Funk in a tag team match (Sabu & Hawk vs. Funk & King Kong Bundy).
6
Tazmaniac, TheThe Tazmaniac
1
March 6, 1994 0 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #48 Aired on March 15, 1994 on TV
7
Smith, J.T.J.T. Smith
1
March 6, 1994 41 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #49 Aired 3-22-94 on TV
8
Pitbull, TheThe Pitbull
1
April 16, 1994 27 Philadelphia, PA Live event
9
Whipwreck, MikeyMikey Whipwreck
1
May 13, 1994 92 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #57 Aired on May 17, 1994 on TV
10
, JasonJason
1
August 13, 1994 83 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore Heaven Aired on August 16th 1994 on Hardcore TV #70
11
Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio
1
November 4, 1994 0 Hamburg, PA Hardcore TV #83 Aired on November 22, 1994 on TV
12
Malenko, DeanDean Malenko
1
November 4, 1994 134 Hamburg, PA Hardcore TV #84 Aired on November 29, 1994 on TV
13
Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio
2
March 18, 1995 21 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore TV #100 Aired on March 21, 1995 on TV
14
Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero
1
April 8, 1995 104 Philadelphia, PA Three Way Dance Aired on Hardcore TV #103 April 11th 1995
15
Malenko, DeanDean Malenko
2
July 21, 1995 7 Tampa, FL Live event Aired on Hardcore TV #119 August 1st 1995
16
Guerrero, EddieEddie Guerrero
2
July 28, 1995 28 Middletown, NY Hardcore TV #120 Aired on August 8, 1995 on TV[7]
17
Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio
3
August 25, 1995 126 Jim Thorpe, PA Live Event
18
Whipwreck, MikeyMikey Whipwreck
2
December 29, 1995 7 New York, NY Holiday Hell 1995 This was a match where Scorpio put both his World Television Championship and the ECW World Tag Team Championship held by Scorpio and The Sandman on the line.
19
Scorpio, 2 Cold2 Cold Scorpio
4
January 5, 1996 127 Philadelphia, PA House Party
20
Douglas, ShaneShane Douglas
1
May 11, 1996 21 Philadelphia, PA A Matter of Respect
21
, Pitbull #2Pitbull #2
1
June 1, 1996 21 Philadelphia, PA Fight the Power [8]
22
Jericho, ChrisChris Jericho
1
June 22, 1996 21 Philadelphia, PA Hardcore Heaven [9]
23
Douglas, ShaneShane Douglas
2
July 13, 1996 329 Philadelphia, PA 30 Heat Wave Defeated Jericho, Pit Bull #2, and 2 Cold Scorpio in a Four Corners match.
24
, TazzTazz
2
June 7, 1997 267 Philadelphia, PA 43 Wrestlepalooza
25
Bigelow, Bam BamBam Bam Bigelow
1
March 1, 1998 34 Asbury Park, NJ 5 Living Dangerously
26
Van Dam, RobRob Van Dam
1
April 4, 1998 700 Buffalo, NY 121 Hardcore TV #259 Aired April 8, 1998 on TV
Vacated
March 4, 2000 0 Philadelphia, PA N/A N/A Van Dam was legitimately injured, and as a result, The Network forced him to relinquish the title.
27
Crazy, SuperSuper Crazy
1
March 12, 2000 27 Danbury, CT 8 Living Dangerously Defeated Rhino in a tournament final
28
Tajiri, YoshihiroYoshihiro Tajiri
1
April 8, 2000 14 Buffalo, NY 1 ECW on TNN#34 Aired on April 14, 2000 on TV
29
, RhinoRhino
1
April 22, 2000 126 Philadelphia, PA 11 CyberSlam
30
Kash, KidKid Kash
1
August 26, 2000 14 New York, NY 2 ECW on TNN#56 Aired on September 8, 2000 on TV
31
, RhinoRhino
2
September 9, 2000 214 Mississauga, ON 10 ECW on TNN#58 Rhino was the final wrestler to hold the title. Aired on September 21, 2000 on TV
Deactivated
April 11, 2001 N/A N/A N/A ECW closed on April 4, 2001, and World Wrestling Entertainment purchased its assets in 2003.

List of combined reigns[edit]

2 Cold Scorpio had the most reigns as champion with four
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined Days
1 Rob Van Dam 1 700
2 Shane Douglas 2 350
3 Rhino 2 340
4 2 Cold Scorpio 4 275
5 Taz 2 267
6 Jimmy Snuka 1 203
7 Dean Malenko 2 141
8 Eddie Guerrero 2 132
9 Sabu 1 113
10 Mikey Whipwreck 2 99
11 Jason 1 83
12 Terry Funk 1 43
13 J.T. Smith 1 41
14 Bam Bam Bigelow 1 34
15 Johnny Hotbody 1 31
16 The Pitbull 1 27
17 Super Crazy 1 27
18 Pitbull #2 1 21
19 Chris Jericho 1 21
20 Yoshihiro Tajiri 1 14
21 Kid Kash 1 14

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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